Assisted Living Facilities


How to Choose Assisted Living Facilities

Whether you are looking for yourself or a loved one, choosing the right Ravenswood assisted living facility is a big decision. Make sure to leave adequate time for your search; for instance, do not wait until the house is sold to begin the process. You want to have the time to consider each facility without feeling rushed. There are many things to keep in mind while looking.

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Choose a location which is close by to family, friends, and activities. This will reduce feelings of isolation from the outside world. Many facilities take their residents on outings so it is good to check that there are things to do which interest the future resident in the area. It is also important that the facility is in close proximity to your preferred hospital and the individual’s personal physician. Moving is a big adjustment and there is no need to add to it by changing healthcare providers.

Services

Tour each facility and find out the services offered. A center which allows the individual to age in place is a positive so they will not have to move to another assisted living facility if their condition worsens. Look for accommodations such as hand rails or spaces which can fit a wheelchair. The facility should offer 24 hour care, medication assistance, provided meals and snacks, laundry, and housekeeping services to meet the needs of residents.

Social activities are an extremely important aspect of assisted living. Ask to attend an organized activity and watch how the staff and residents respond to it. Talk to residents and ask what type of on-site events and outings are offered. Ask if resident proposals for activities are taken into consideration. Make sure that the facility provides transportation for group outings, as well as for personal appointments or activities.

Staff and Resident Interactions

Once you narrow down your search and find one or two locations you are interested in, it is important to visit these facilities at different times of day. Arrive early before any appointments and witness how the staff interacts with residents. A good indicator of care is if the staff addresses the residents by name and with respect. Pay attention to the noise level and resident interactions. Residents who are moving about the facility talking with each other and a healthy level of noise are indicative of the positive emotions and homey feeling of a place.

At one of your appointments, meet with the operator and ask them about their philosophy of care. Also take the time to have a meal at the location. The dining area is a great place to see if the philosophy is in action. It also lets you know about food standards. Take this time to look at the other residents and ensure that they have a well-cared for appearance. Have a clear idea of what you are looking for so you can identify when you have found it. Contact us today.